Romantic oratorio Elijah brought to the stage

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What: Ballarat Symphony Orchestra,Ballarat Choral Society, and Gisborne Singers present Elijah

When:Sunday, November 17 at 2.30pm

Where:Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts



ELIJAH, the romantic oratorio written by Felix Mendelssohn will be brought to the stage this weekend as part of Ballarat Symphony Orchestra’s final performance for the year.

Featuring a large musical composition for orchestra, choir, and soloists, the work depicts various events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah, as taken from the Old Testament.

The oratorio includes the dramatic scenes of the rain returning to the parched lands of Israel, the contest of the Gods and the ascent of Elijah to heaven on a fiery chariot.

The concerts, to be staged in Ballarat and Woodend, will bring together a group of 80 singers from the Ballarat Choral Society and the Gisborne Singers, as well as four soloists and the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra.

Ballarat Choral Society member Dolores Nolan-Reid said the work would be performed under the baton of Stephen Brockman with the choir under the tuition of musical director Helen Duggan.

She said this particular work of Mendelssohn’s was difficult to execute but beautiful in its entirety.

“It has very beautiful music and with the large choir it should be quite enjoyable for people who love choral music and the history of the actual piece,” Ms Nolan-Reid said.

The Ballarat Choral Society is a diverse enthusiastic mixed choir dedicated to enjoying and performing a wide range of music .

Ms Nolan-Reid said the choir performed three concerts a year, with the latter being a longer concert performed in conjunction with the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra.

The upcoming concert will also feature soloists Eleanor Kerr, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Robert Barbaro and Manfred Pohlenz.

The Ballarat Choral Society will take to the stage as part of Ballarat Symphony Orchestra’s final performance for 2013.

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